The Sadness of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

I have always loved goofball architecture. I can’t pass a Brutalist structure without stopping to marvel at it.

And there was nothing goofier than the State of Illinois Building (160 North LaSalle St.) when it opened in 1985. I went by there the other day and was bummed to see how muffed up the place was. Here’s a complete set of pics, and here’s some examples:

Paint scraped off glass panels:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingEvidence of at least one vehicle impact:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingSome serious lime issues:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingPhantom cutouts:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingThe Dubuffet isn’t doing all that well either:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois BuildingI know there are some issues with budget here in our state, and we have many human needs, but we can do better than this, no?

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